Raag Bhairavi is an ancient raag, originating about 1500 years ago. It is the main raag of Bhairavi Thaat. Raag Bhairavi is named after the feminine aspect of the divine life force, which is personified as a spouse of Lord Shiva. Hence, it is visualized in female form. It is very powerful and can create an ambience of moods like, devotion, love, separation, reunion, joy, sarcasm, satire, sadness, nostalgia, compassion, in short one can say that raag Bhairavi can conjure every humanly possible emotion into its rendering. Raag Bhairavi is actually performed early in the morning in a peaceful, serious and occasionally sad mood. Raag Bhairavi is the most famous of all raags & is called queen among all raags because any song composed in it is melodious. Bhairavi is also called an evergreen raag, since there are innumerable ways to perform the raag. It is the favourite raag of Bollywood music composers, there are numerous evergreen famous songs like, “Laga Chunri Mein Daag” from movie “Dil Hi To Hai” “Pyar Hua Ikrar Hua Hai” from movie “Shri 420” “Jeena Yaha, Marna Yaha” from movie “Mera Naam Joker” “Ye Duniya Ye Mehfil Mere Kaam Ki Nahi” from movie “Heer-Ranjha” “Dost Dost Na Raha” from movie “Sangam” “Sandese Aate Hain” from movie “Border” “Mere Hath Mein Tera Hath Ho” from movie “Fanaa” “Tujhe Dekha to Yeh Jana Sanam” from movie “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge” “Jiya Jale” from movie “Dil Se” “Mera Rang De Basanti Chola” from movie “Legend Of Bhagat Singh”, etc. are based on raag Bhairavi.
Ustad Rashid Khan is an Indian classical musician of the Hindustani Classical music tradition. He was born in 1st July 1968 in Badayun, Uttar Pradesh. He belongs to the Rampur-Sahaswan gharana, and is the great-grandson of gharana founder Ustad Inayat Hussain Khan. He received his initial training from his maternal grand-uncle, Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan. He is also the nephew of Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan. A notable achievement of Ustad Rashid Khan is the infusion of an emotional content into his melodic elaboration.